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Dec. 8th, 2012 06:52 pm
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... a strange moment: several times when discussing the recent 'hospital prank' story here, I've encountered the attitude of 'ha-ha, these people at the hospital somehow believed that the Queen would speak with an Australian accent, how silly of them' - not even 'attitude', but actually the first reaction.

While somehow I never doubted that people who make their living working with their voices can use various accents.

People's immediate assumptions are somehow fascinating.

on 2012-12-08 03:28 pm (UTC)
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One of the things I find extraordinary is that how people seem to believe that a nurse answering the phone at 5.30 in the morning - by definition after a night shift in which she'd presumably been dealing with people's life threatening crises - without being a trained telephone receptionist and confronted with "OhmyfuckinggoditsthefuckingQueenwhatthefuckamIsupposedtohelp" was supposed to have analysed the accent (especially since she only came to the UK from India ten years ago) in the split second or so she has to decide whether to be incredibly rude to the Head of State of the entire Commonwealth by questioning her bona fides.

And I have known of cases where people did put Royals through ordinary security clearance and got a hell of an earful for doing so, so it really was a no win situation.

on 2012-12-08 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Yes, and the Queen's 86 - if she did sound a bit peculiar a nurse might well think "Oh, how embarrassing" rather than "Oh, she's an Australian DJ"

on 2012-12-09 01:09 pm (UTC)
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Yes.

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